Scott B. Davis

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Scott B. Davis (born 1971) is an American photographer known for his black and white images of the Southern California landscape. Davis, who writes his name foregoing capitalization,[1] utilizes a century-old platinum printing process and self-built camera to make 16" x 20" contact prints.[2]


Davis holds a BFA in photography from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.[3]


A resident of Southern California, Davis creates black and white photos of the landscape that contradict the expected Southern California image.[4] Shooting primarily at night, Davis' photographs frequently depict desert or semi-industrialized locations in Southern California, showcasing the vast and empty qualities of the surroundings.[5]


Davis' first solo exhibition, Having Killed Butterflies, was shown at ASA Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, in 1998. Since then, he has had a number of solo exhibitions of his work, including:


  • “Introductions 2003," Shapiro Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • “Curious Destinations," The Farm, San Diego, CA


  • “Los Angeles Night," Michael Dawson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • “East," the Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV


  • “land of sunshine," hous projects, New York, NY
  • “nocturnes," Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA
  • “The View from Here," Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ



  • “black sun,” hous projects, New York, NY
  • “vestige: recent work by scott b. davis," JDC Fine Art, San Diego, CA

Davis' work has also been included in group exhibitions, including:



  • "The Platinum Image," Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA
  • "High and Dry," Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


  • "Platinum Prints: The Allurement of Light II," Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan
  • "15th Annual Center Awards," Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
  • "Site Lines: 24 Hours Photographing Joshua Tree," California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA



  • "Photographers:Network," Thomas Kellner Studio, Siegen, Germany
  • "Vital Signs: Place," George Eastman House, Rochester, NY



  • "Photo 21: Contemporary American Photography," Tokyo Photo 2010, Tokyo, Japan
  • "Vestiges of the Light," Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan
  • "A Grand View: Arizona Landscape Photography," Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ



Works by Davis are held in collections at, among others, the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Japan; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; the Nerman Museum, Shawnee Mission, KS; the San Diego Museum of Art; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM, and The Monsen Collection, Seattle, WA.


  1. ^ a b "Walk from the Sun". The San Diego Museum of Art. Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  2. ^ Smithson, Aline (18 July 2012). "Scott B. Davis: Success Stories and the Medium Festival of Photography". Lenscratch.
  3. ^ Blaustein, Jonathan. "Scott B. Davis, New Mexico Influences". Finite Foto.[dead link]
  4. ^ Johnson, Ken (15 August 2008), "Art in Review: Land of Sunshine", The New York Times
  5. ^ Goings On About Town: Art, The New Yorker (11 August 2008)

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